Pasig evacuees return home as flooded streets dry up

Published November 14, 2020, 1:07 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

Most Pasig City residents that evacuated following the onslaught of Typhoon “Ulysses” have returned to their homes, Mayor Vico Sotto said Saturday, as flood waters in the city have already receded. 

The typhoon has brought heavy rains and strong winds over Metro Manila, inundating homes with murky flood waters, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and take shelter at evacuation centers prepared by local governments.

In Pasig, Sotto said that almost 10,000 residents have evacuated, while 9,000 homes still have no electricity.

“Karamihan nakauwi o pauwi na. Lahat po ng pamilyang lumikas ay may grocery food packs at non-food items box (Most evacuees already went home or on their way home. All evacuees were given grocery food packs and non-food items boxes),” he said.

Almost all flooded areas in the city have dried up, but the mayor noted that clearing, cleaning, flushing, and disinfection operations are still on going to ensure the safe return of residents to their homes.

Sotto said city responders remain on alert even after the typhoon. In case of emergency, people may contact the city’s emergency hotline 8643-0000 or send a message to the Facebook page of Pasig City Public Information Office.

“Pakiusap, kung maaari ay iwasan ang pag send ng mga viral posts, kasi nafa-flood ang inbox ng command center at madalas na-aksyunan na rin ang mga ito (Please, if possible, avoid sending viral posts as these could fill the inbox of the command center and most of the posts have already been acted upon),” he said.

Sotto expressed gratitude to all of those whole helped in the city’s emergency response.

“Tapos na ang bagyo pero ingat pa rin po tayo! Nasa gitna pa rin po tayo ng krisis (The storm is over but let’s still be careful! We are still in the middle of a crisis),” Sotto said.

“Mataas pa rin ang bilang ng COVID. Wag kalimutan ang health protocols, lalo na sa pagsuot ng mask (The number of COVID-19 cases is still high. Don’t forget to observe health protocols, especially wearing of masks),” he added.